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Intellectual Property Professional - Chemistry & Lifescience. Having a total of sixteen years of experience in the red, white and green biotechnology industry. Divided in eight years of R&D work and eight years of intellectual property experience. I am a certified and experienced patent information specialist and patent portfolio manager with extensive knowledge of patent law. I am also trained medical science expert. I have a proactive attitude and a high dedication to the people I work with.


Current Experience

  • Patent Information Professional
    Since April 2017
    In a team with other patent information professionals, patent attorneys and formality officers, I support the IP creation and IP value creation based on the inkjet printer innovations generated by Océ's R&D department. My responsibilities include: Providing novelty assessments, freedom to operate searches and competitor intelligence in the field of chemical inventions such as printing ink technologies.

Past Experience

  • Intellectual Property and Life-Science Consultant Nijmegen, Netherlands
    August 2015 --- April 2016

    PMME is an engineering agency which is specialised in the field of (bio)medical materials, with a focus on material formulations and properties.
    It provides both technical expertise and project management for the research and development phase of medical device products.

    As Intellectual Property and Life-science Consultant, I provide IP expertise and biological knowledge in assistance of the ongoing customer projects and collaborations.

  • Intellectual Property and Life-Science Consultant
    August 2015 --- March 2016
    PMME is an engineering agency which is specialised in the field of (bio)medical materials, with a focus on material formulations and properties. It provides both technical expertise and project management for the research and development phase of medical device products. As Intellectual Property and Life-science Consultant, I provide IP expertise and biological knowledge in assistance of the ongoing customer projects and collaborations.

  • Junior Patent Counsel
    April 2014 --- March 2015
    I collaborated in a team of Patent Counsels, General Counsels and PVP specialists who were responsible for the protection of the Intellectual Property of the Vegetable Seed Business Unit of Bayer CropScience - Nunhems Netherlands B.V. These included crop traits, crop varieties, breeding and selection technologies and seed treatment and coating technologies. At Bayer, I drafted and filed several notices of opposition against competitor patents, under the supervision of European patent attorneys

  • Senior Patent Engineer, Trainee European Patent Attorney
    May 2007 --- March 2014
    At FujiFilm, I was responsible for the development and management of the strategic patent portfolio on recombinant collagen-like protein technology and its applications in medical device products. I supported the generation of new IP, by streamlining the communication between the inventors and external patent attorneys and drafting claims and patent descriptions. I successfully guided filed patent applications toward grant, by monitoring the examination process and drafting responses to official communications of patent offices. As certified IP searcher, I was responsible for the exploratory “state of the art” searches, novelty searches, freedom to operate searches, invalidation and infringement searches in the life-science field. Using advanced web searching and patent statistics, I provided technical, business and competitor intelligence.

  • Senior Scientist
    September 1998 --- February 2007
    At Devgen I was responsible for the development of bioassays for “proof of principle” research and high throughput screening. I performed experiments that successfully showed the “proof of principle” of the RNA interference by feeding technology of Devgen and contributed to several patentable inventions and scientific publications. I established a rearing protocol and RNA interference bioassay using an artificial feeding medium, for a specific, difficult to culture, sap sucking insect pest in rice. As Senior Scientist, I optimized Devgen’s, C. elegans based, “Drinking-assay” to allow duplicate screening of chemical compounds versus triplicate, successfully leading to a reduction of costs and increase of throughput. As a line-manager, I coached and supervised a group consisting of three scientists and three laboratory technicians. Furthermore I planned, managed and prepared the final data reports, of several compound and target screening campaigns for external research partners and internal research projects.

  • PhD student
    February 1996 --- July 1998
    PhD project "toporegulation of cell division in Escherichia coli", at the Molecular Cytology department. Discontinued to pursuit my ambitions in the private (biotech) sector.

  • Trainee - Molecular Microbiology department - Faculty of Biology
    January 1994 --- December 1994
    Relation FTSY protein and signal recognition particle in translation and translocation of proteins in E. coli

  • Trainee - Department of Molecular Immunology
    September 1991 --- May 1992
    "Cloning and sequencing rtx-B and C genes of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae"


Self Assessment :
Analytical thinkingStrategic thinkingService orientedProblem solvingPerspectiveInterest in knowledgeInnovative thinkingIndependenceDiligenceCuriosityCritical thinkingAuthenticityAttention to detailTrust


Self Assessment :
Linux Biostatistics Animal modelsHardware DiagnosticsComplianceCompetitive AnalysisTechnological InnovationInnovation Management Biochemistry Cell biology Negotiation R&D Scientific writingActions and modes of action of drugs in the human speciesActions and modes of action of human physiologyAllergy and immunologyAnalysisAnalytical methodsAnalytical proceduresAnalytical techniquesAnalytical Method ValidationAnimal HealthAnimal ModelsAseptic TechniquesAssay developmentAutomationBacteriologyBioanalysisBioinformaticsAutoclaveBiological Drug DevelopmentBiologyBiomedical EngineeringBiomedical SciencesBiochemistryBiopharmaceuticalsBiotechnologyBudgetingBusiness IntelligenceCNSConfocal MicroscopyData cleaningData entryData AnalysisData ManagementDatabasesDesign of Experiments (DOE) Drug DiscoveryElectronicsElectrophoresisExperimentationFlow CytometryGel ElectrophoresisGeneticsGenomicsInfectious diseasesLaboratoryLaboratory ResearchLaboratory SkillsLaboratory TechniquesLaboratory testingLarge MoleculesLife SciencesMedical Device R&DMedical DevicesMicroscopyMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordMolecular CloningMolecular geneticsPatentsPCRPeptidesPharmaceutical SciencesPhenotype Preclinical ResearchPreclinical developmentProblem SolvingProtein Purificationrecombinant DNA technologyReport WritingResearchscienceScientific methodologyScientific WritingSDS-PAGESmall moleculesStandard Operating Procedure (SOP)Start-upsStatistical Data AnalysisStatisticsStem CellsStrategyTeamworkTechnology DevelopmentTechnology transferTrainingTroubleshootingUnderstand how results translate to practiceUnderstand levels of research evidenceVeterinary MedicineWriting Study Procedures and SOPs
LinkedIn Assessment :
BiotechnologyIntellectual PropertyPatentsR&DLife SciencesLifesciencesmolecular biologyPatent SearchingChemistryInformation SystemsMicrobiologyBiochemistryBusiness IntelligenceDatabase SearchingTechnology transferPatent Portfolio AnalysisSequencingOffice Action ResponsesDrafting patent applicationsPatentabilityAssay developmentPatent ApplicationsPharmaceutical IndustryCompetitor IntelligenceLicensingConsultingOppositionFreedom to OperateBiomaterialsMedical DevicesResearch and Development (R&D)

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
IPPatent portfolio managmentPatent information searchesPatent information analysis Search literature on clinical trialsRead medical literatureSearch literature on clinical trialsFreedom to operate analysisNovelty assessmentPatent strategy developmentpatent draftingPatent procecutionAnalyzing contracts and licencesbioinformatic searchesCreate standard operating procedure (SOP)Adjust processes and methods Use a confocal microscopy Technology researchConduct research at universitiescoordinating research projectsLiaise with research teamOperate research equipmentSetup of research equipment Analyze data Develop protocols Lab scale batches Guide students Report data Interpret data Write papersAnalyze proteinArchive documentationCollaborate with project teamConduct literature searchesData analysisData entryData miningData validationData verificationGuide staffHandle callslifescienceReport dataShipment of biological specimenTrain on site staffBioinformaticsPatent information databasesPatent portfolio managementBussiness IntelligenceCompetitor IntelligenceStrategic publicationassay developmentHigh troughput screeningMolecular microbiologyFluorescence microscopyfluorescent in situ hybridisationimage analysisC. elegans biologyRNAi as target discovery toolUse of RNAi in researchDevelopment of bioassays Insect biology


  • in patent law from European Patent Office - European Qualifying Exam (EQE) in 2020
  • EQE pre-exam 2013 and final exams 2014 training NL in Intellectual Property Law from Deltapatents in 2014
  • post-academic in Patent licensing and negotiation from LES Benelux in 2009
  • post-academic in Patent mapping and statistics from Training center European Patent Office Vienna in 2009
  • post-HBO in Patent information specialist from GO opleidingen Den Haag in 2007
  • MSc (Res) in Medical Biology (Molecular Microbiology) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) in 1995
  • BSc in HLO microbiology from Avans Hogeschool Breda in 1993

Training and Certification

  • EQE exam training in 2014 Training
  • Beïnvloedingstechnieken in 2012 Training
  • Patent licensing and negotiation in 2009 Training
  • Patent mapping & statistics in 2009 Training
  • Patent information specialist in 2007 Certification
  • Patent Information Specialist (BPIC) Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    1 week
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Patent information specialist Patent agent Patent Manager Patent specialist Innovation specialist IP consultant
  • Positions I am NOT interested in:
    Quality Assurance (QA) Manager
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Antwerp, Belgium Beerse, Belgium Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands Breda, Netherlands Delft, Netherlands Dordrecht, Netherlands Eindhoven, Netherlands Hoogstraten, Belgium Moerdijk, Netherlands Rijswijk, Netherlands Roosendaal, Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands Tilburg, Netherlands Turnhout, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 1 to 5 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    60%-100% FTE
  • International:

Area / Region

Minderhout, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes